Book Review: Treasuring God in Our Traditions

Rating: ★★★★★

Everyone has their own family traditions that make the holiday what it is — molded jello for birthdays, sugar cereal on Christmas morning, caramel rolls at Thanksgiving, Easter cake after church.  It is often after having their first child that young couples begin to think hard about establishing traditions for their nuclear family.  Young parents want to give their children the same joyful experiences they had (or missed out on), but it can be challenging to distinguish between sentimental memories and truly meaningful celebrations.

Noel Piper (wife of John Piper) provides an outstanding tool for making these crucial distinctions in her well-written, practical book.  In it she gives attention to different ritual ways of doing life together, from everyday prayers and habits to the “big” observances of birthdays, Christmas and Easter.  Rather than prescribing a list of do’s and don’t's, Piper lays out a clear principle of  glorifying God through our everyday and special traditions, then goes on to explain how this principle can apply to how we observe daily meals, goodnight rituals, birthdays, adoption days, and other special days.

Her writing is readable, personable and warm, but not chatty.  She gives her family’s traditions as an example, encouraging other parents to prayerfully consider the unique way God is calling them to worship Him through their traditions.  This bok is indispensable for helping couples or individuals think through how to practically order their days and years around celebrating God.


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Publication Information: Piper, Noel. Treasuring God in Our Traditions. Piper, John (Foreword and Poetry). Crossway. 2003. ISBN: 1581348339.
Categories: 5 Stars, Age Adult
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Posted on November 6, 2009

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